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F*rimitive Baptist 

ELDER J. F. MILLS, Moderator 

j. W. JONES, Clerk, 
Marshville, N. C, R. F. D. 1. 

Printed at the Journal Job Office, Monroe, N. C. 

Minutes of 

The Bear Creek Brimitive Baptist Association 
Spring and Fall Session 

Twenty-Seventh Spring Session, held with the Church at 
Broom's Grove, Union County, N. C, commencing on Saturday 
before the first Sunday in May, 1911. Also of the Eighti- 
eth Annual or Fall Session held with the church at Watson, 
Union County, N. C, commencing on Saturday before first 
Sunday in October, 1911. 

Compiled and Distributed by J. W. Jones, Clerk and Treas- 
urer, Marshville N. C, R, P. D. No. 1. 

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Broom's Grove, Union County, N. C, May 1, 1911. 

Assembled at the sitand at 11 o'clock, A. M. The Intro- 
ductory Se^rmon delivered by " Elder J. F. Mills from 4th 
vcirse of 4th chapter of 1st John. 

Intermisision one hour. Then the Asisoeiation convened 
in the house. Praise and prayer by Elder W. R. Helms, and 
proceeded to business, Elder Mills presiding. 

1. Called for the letters from the several churches, which 
wer-e handed in and read by Brother Henry Baucom. ( Also 
received a letter from New Zion seeking admittance to mem- 
bership in this association, the same being referred to the 
committee of arrangements for examiniation and to be report- 
ed upon Monday.) 

2. By motion elected Elder J. F. Mills Moderator and J. 
"W. Jones clerk. 

3. Invited corresponding messengers from sister associa- 
tions to seats. Elder W. T. Broadwaj^ from Abbott's Creek 
was present and seated. 

4. Invited visiting brethren from sifs>ter associations to 
seats, and the following being present were welcomied: El- 
der Samuel McMillen of Tenn., Elder E. E. Lundy of "Wil- 
mington, N. C, D. A. McCiaskill of Fitzgerald, Ca., Foster 
Beam of Silver Creek and Pink Broadway of Abbotts Creek. 

5. Appointed on committee of arrangements brethren J. 
E. Williams, S. L. Mullis and H. M. Baucom with moderator 
and clerk. 

6. By motion elected the following Elders to preach at 
the stand on to-morrow, to-wit : Samuel McMillen, W. T, 
Biroadway, Walter Edwards and J. E. Williams. Service to 
commence at 10 o'clock, A. M. 

7. Adjourned to half past nine, A. M., Monday. Bene- 
diction b}^ the moderator. 

While in session in the house preaching service was con- 
ducted at the stand first by Elder McMillen from the text, 
"Verily, every man at his best estate is altogether vanity," 
followed by Elder Broadway from first Peter, 1st. chapter 
and 1st verse. 

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Sunday Services, May 7th. 

Assemibled around the stand at ten o'clock, A. M., and 
service opened with singing and prayer by Elder Mills. El- 
der W'alter Pjdwards then preached £rom 1st to 3rd verses 
of 3rd chapter of Gallations, 'followed by Elder Samuel Mc- 
Millen from 13th verse of 13th chapter of 1st Gorrinthians. 
Intermission one hour, after which Elder J. E. Williams in- 
vited Elder E. E. Lundy, who had come in, to use his time, 
and Elder Lundy preached from 21st verse of 13th chapter 
,of Isit Corrinthians, followed by Elder W. T. Broadway from 
19th and 20th verses of 1st chapiter of James. 

Monday Morning, May 8th. 

Reassembled in the house pursuant to adjournment. 
Praiise and grayer by Elder Henry Taylor. 

8. Called on arrangement committee to report. The re- 
P'Oirt read and adopted. 

9. Received into the sisterhood of churches, as a member 
of this association, the church at New Zion, about 4 miles 
from Concord, N. C, and the right hand of fellowship on 
behalf of the association extended by the moderator to her 
messengers and they seated. 

10. Called names of messengers and noted absentees. 
(Omitted reading Rules of Decorum.) 

11. Called on coTresponding messengers from sister as- 
sociations to report. Elder Broadway reported that the Ab- 
botts Creek Association wished to continue our correspond- 
ence. Also received and distributed minutes from Abbotts 
Creek, Mill Branch and Mountain District. 

12. Called on our corresponding messengers to Sister as- 
sociations to report. Elder Mills reported that him-self and 
Bro. J. W. Jones attended the Mill Branch Association, were 
received, and found them in peace and had good meeting. 

13. Called on Presb.yteries to report. Elder J. E. Wil- 
liams reported that himself and Deacon W. E. Williams 
formed a presbytery on Wednesday before 4th Sunday in 
November, 1910, at Broom's Grove church and ordained i^ro. 
Thos. M. Broom as a Deacon of that church. Also Elder H. 
M. Williams reported that himself and Elder B. L. Treece 
formed a Presbytery at New Zion in Cabarrus county, N. 
C, on Saturday before 3rd Sunday in Pebrnary, 1911, and 

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constituted a church of the Primitive Baptist faith and 

14. That we return thanks to G od, this church and friends 
of this vicinity fo.r their kind hospitalitj^ during this meeting. 

15. Adjourned to time and place mentioned in last min- 
utes. Benediction by the moderator. 

While the association Avas in session in the house the 
following Elders preached at the stand: E. E. Lundy, text 
Rev. list chapter and 6th verse, and closed by Elder Samuel 
McMillen from 1st Oor. 1st chapter and 18th verse. 

The preaching was all sound and comforting and well 
received. . 

Messengers — Spring Session, 1911 

Bear Creek — Elder J. E. Williams, Aaron Furr, Daniel Furr. 
Bethany — Elder J. F. Mills, proxy. 

Broom's arove— Eld. H. M. Williamis, Eld.W.R.Helms, T. M. 

Crooked Creek— J. M. Austin, W. D. Benton, C. T. Mills. 
Clark's G^rove — E. Barbee, S. B. Tucker,* Jim Helms.* 
Conciord — J. D. Carricker, D. iS. Blake.* 
Fr e e d m — No t r e p r e s ent e d . 

High Hill— J. J. Hi,]], S. A. Helmis, A. M. Helms. 
Howard's Cliapel — P. A. Howard, J. S. Curlee,* Jonah Hin- 

Jones Hill— W. H. Howard, Fulton Curlee,* A. A. Morton.* 
Jerusalem— W. A. Helms, T. F. Mills, J. W. Godwin.* 
Liberty— Eld. Henry Taylo,r, S. D. Outen, J. W. Helms.* 
Liberty Hill— R. T. Burrus, C. W. Safley,* A. G. Helms.* 
Lawyer's Spring — J. W. Jones, H. M. Baucom, E. C. Jones. 
New Zion — William Whitley, S. M. Underwood. 
Meadow Creek— D. M. Hathcock, H. Shoe, E. Hunevcutt.* 
Mountain Creek— Eld. B. L. Treece,* J. C. Miller,* j. E. Rus- 

Pleasant Hill — E. J. Liles, John Lambert, J. M. Hartsell.* 
Pleasant Grove— T. A. Helms, J. S. Thom-as, C. E. Griffin. 
Running Creek— J. H. McClure, G. M. Tucker,* W.H.Hatlev.* 
Union Grove— J. D. Hill, T. A. McClellan, T. F. Hill. 
Watsion- S. L. Mullis, E. C. Williams, Joel Mullis. 
Wadesboro — W. A. Dry, W. D. Edwards,* A. D. Maness.* 
Absentees marked thus *. 

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Wiatson, Union County, N. C, 
September 30, 1911. 

Assembled at the stand lat eleven o'clocik, A. M., and in- 
troductory sermon preached by Elder J. E. Williams, Text 
2nd Timothy, 4th chapter and 2nd verse. 

Intermission one hour. 

At one o'clock the association convened in the house, and 
called to order by Elder J. F. Mails. Praise and prayer by 
brother A. J. Taylor of the Silver Creek Association. 

1. Called for the letters 'from the several churches which 
were handed in, and read by Bro. H. M. Baueom. 

2. Ite-elected Elder ,1. F. Mills moderator and J. W. Jones 

3. Invited visiting corresponding messengers from sister 
associations to seats. Brethren A. N. Surratt and Samuel 
Snider of Abboitts Creek, Brother Jonas Taylor and Foster 
Beam of Silver Creek were lall present adn seated and w^el- 

4. Invited visiting brethren from sister associations to 
seats. Elders Thos. Bell and B. H. Harrelson of Mill Branch, 
Elder W. R. Gfiallemore and brothers Solomon Snider and 
Henry Garner of Abbotts Creek, brother A. J. Taylor of Sil- 
ver Creek and brother J. W. Huntley of Texias were present 
and welcomed. 

5. Appointed on committee of arrangements the following: 
Elder Thos. Bell, S. A. Helms, S. L. Mullis with moderator 
and clerk. 

6. Appointed on finance committee brethren S. A. Helms 
and H. M. Baueom. 

7. Elected the following ministers to preach at the stand 
on to-morrow: Elders Thos. Bell, B. H. Harrelson, B. L. 
Treece and J. E. Williams. Service to commence at 10, A.M. 

8. Adjourned to 9 :30 Monday morning. Benediction by 
the moderator. 

Preaching services condueted at the stand Saturday by 
Elders B. H. Harrelson and B. L. Treece in the afternoon. 

Sunday, October 1st. 

Preaching at the stand to-day as follows: 1st by Elder 
Thomas Bell, text 2nd Timothy 1st chapter and 8th verse. 


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2iid Elder B. H. Harrelson wbo preached from this theme, 
^'The Kingdom of God." 

Intermission one hour, after which Elder J. E. "Williams 
preached from 3rd verse of the 17th chapter of St. J>ohn, 
followed and closed by Elder B. L. Treece from these words: 
"All thy children shall be taught of the Lord and great shall 
be their peace." We believe the true gospel of our Lord 
Jesus Christ was preached to the honor and praise of Cod 
and that those who love the truth were strengthened and * 
edified. We hope and believe the Lord was present, enab- 
bling His heralds to speak in demionstration and power 'of 
the Holy Spirit and also with the hearers, giving them the 
understanding. We want to thank Him for such manifesta- 
tions of His love and mercy to his humble people. 

Monday Morning, October 2nd. 

Met in the house pursuant to adjournment. Praise and 
prayer by Elder W. R. Gallemore of Abbotts Creek, and 
then proceeding in the following order, the moderator pre- 
siding : 

10. Called on arrangement committee to report. Re- 
port read and adopted. 

11. Called roll of messengers names, noted absentees and 
read Rules of Deoorum. 

12. Called on corresponding messengers to sister associ- 
ations tio report. Elder J. E. Williams reported that him- 
self and brethren Marshal Williams, D. B. Howard and Aaron 
Furr attended Abbotts Creek Assiocdation, was received and 
had good meeting. Elder Robt. Helms reported that he vis- 
ited Silver Creek and also had good meeting. 

13. Called on corresponding messengers from sister asso- 
ciations to report. Bro. Sam Snider said the Abbotts Creek 
Assoeiiation washed to continue our correspondence. Brother 
Jonas Taylor reported the same for Silver Creek. Received 
and distributed minutes from Abbotts Creek, Salem and Sil- 
ver Creek. 

14. Appointed correspondence with sister associations as 
follows: To Abbotts Creek, Elder J. E. Wiilliams and breth- 
ren D. B. Howard, W. E. Williams, Aaron Furr and file of 
minutes. To Mill Branch, Elders J. F. Mills, Walter Ed- 
wards and file of minutes. To Senter, file of minutes. To 
Mountain District, file of minutes. To Silver Creek, Elders 

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H. M. Williams, W. R. Helms and file of minutes. To Sa- 
lem, Elder J. E. Williams and file of minutes. 

15. Called on Presbyfteries to report. Elder J. E. Willi- 
ams reported that himself and Deacons J. A. Barbee, G. M. 
Tucker and J. H. McClure formed a Presbytery on Friday 
before 4th Sunday in July, 1911, at Meadow Creek and or- 
dained brother W. A. Yow to be a deacon of that church. 

16. Treasurer reported on hand from last year . . $ 4.70 

17. Finance commi'ttee reported sent up this year.. 31.40 

Total Funds $36.10 

18. That the next Spring Session be held with the church 
at New Zion, 5 miles South of Concord, N. C, and com- 
mence on Saturday before the 1st Sunday in Miay, 1912, El- 
der Henry Taylor to preach the introductory sermon. Elder 
Walter Edwards alternate, and that the Fall or Annual Ses- 
sion be held with the church at Meadow Greek, Stanly coun- 
ty, N. C, and to commence lon Saturday before 1st Sunday 
in October, 1912, Elder J. ¥. Mills to preach the initroduotory 
sermon. Elder Robert Helms alternate. 

19. That the clerk ask Elder Cold to publish notices of 
above meetings in the Landmark. 

20. That the clerk have 800 copies of these minutes prin- 
ted and distributed as usual and that he have same allow- 
ance as last year. 

21. That we return thanks to Cod, this church and peo- 
ple of the Watson vicinity for kindness and hospitalit}^ du- 
ring this meeting. 

22. The association donated to our moderator the sum of 
two dollars and same amount to Elders Thomas Bell, B, H. 
Harrelsion and W. R. Gallemore who were present as visittors 
from sister associatdons. 

23. Adjourned to times and places above mentioned. 
Benediction hy the moderator. 

While the association was in session in the house preach- 
ing services were conducted at the stand by Elders W. R. 
Gallemore, Walter Edwards and B. H. Harrelson. 

This meeting was one of peace and harmony throughout. 

J. W. JONES, Clerk, 
ELDER J. F. MILLS, Moderator. Marshville, N. C, R. 1. 


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Communion Time of Each Church. 

Bear Creek — First Sunday in August, annually. 

Bethany — ^Tliird Sunday in August, annually. 

Broom's Grove — Fourth Sunday in September, annually. 

Crooked Creek — Third Sunday in July, annually. 

Clark's Grrove — Second Sunday in July, annually. 

Concord — Third Sunday in June, annually. 

Freedom — Fourth Sunday in September, annually. 

High Hill — Meeting commences (>n Friday before 1st Sunday 

in September (Communion Sunday.) 
Howard's Chapel — Third Sunday in September, annually. 
Jones Hill — Third Sunday in September, annuall}^ 
Jerusalem — Second Sundaj^ in August, annually. 
Liberty — ^Fourth Siuiday in August, annually. 
Liberty Hill — Fourth Sunday in July, annua iiy. 
Lawyers Spring — First Sunday in August, annually. 
Meadow Creek— '\ liird Sunday in August, annually. 
Mountain Creek — ^Saturday before 2nd Sunday in September, 

meeting commences Fridiiv. 
Pleasant Hill — Fourth Sunday in June, annually. 
Pleasant Grove — ^Second Sunday in July, annually. 
Running Creek — ^Second Sunday in August, annually. 
Union Grove — ^Second Sunday in September, annually. 
Watson — ^Fourth Sunday in Ma^^, annually. 
Wadesboro — Not decided on. 

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Financial Statement for 1911. 

Left over from last year $ 4.70 

Sent up this year by the churches $31.40 

Total ' . . . . $36.10 

For printing these minutes, $18.00 

Donated to moderator and 3 visiting Elders, 8.00 
Allowance to clerk, 8.00 

Total spent, $34.00 


Left in Treasury, . . . . $ 2.10 

Addresses of Ordained Ministers. 

Elder J. F. Mills Marshville, N. C. 

Elder J. E. Williams Bloomington, N. C. 

Elder W. R. Helms Mooresville, N. C. 

Elder H. M. Williams Indian Trail, N. C. 

Elder Walter Edwards Wingate, N. C. 

Elder Henry Tailor . . . Monro^e, N. C. 

Elder B. L. Treece Albemarle, N. C. 

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Article 1. We believe in one only living and true God, 
the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost. 

Art. 2. We believe in the man Jesus being the first of 
lall God's creation and the patitern of all God's perfection in 
nature, providence, grace and glory, and in relative union 
with the divine Word, and thus united with the whole Trin- 

Art. 3. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and 
New Testaments contain the only written revealed word of 
God, and are the only perfect rule of faith and practice for 
God's church in her militant state while here on earth. 

Art. 4. We believe in the do'ctrine of Election, that God 
chose his church in Christ eTesus before the world began. 

Art. 5. We believe in all mankind's apostacy by trans- 
gression in Adam, their federal head. 

Art. 6. We believe in the doctrine of Original Sin. 

Art. 7. We believe in the impoteaicy of man to recover 
himself from his fallen state by his own free will and ability. 

Art. 8. We believe that sinners are justified freely by 
grace and before God by faith in Christ and his righteous- 
ness only. 

Art. 9. We believe that God's elect or church shall be 
called, converted, regenerated and sanctified by the Holy 
Spirit in due time. 

Art. 10. We believe that the saints shall persevere in 
grace and never finally fall away. 

Art. 11. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Sup- 
per are ordinances of Christ's appointment and that believ- 
ers alone are the subjects of baptism and the only proper 
communiciants of the supper ; that the mode of baptism is 
immersion, and that neither of the ordinances is to be alter- 
ed or changed by the indentions or opinions of men. 

Art. 12. We believe that no mian as a minister has any 
right to the administration of any of the ordinances of the 
gospel except such as are sound in the faith of the gospel, 
regularly baiptized, called of God and have come under the 
imposition of hands by a regular presbytery. 

Art. 13. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, 
both the just and the unjust, land a general judgment. 

Art. 14. We believe that the punishment of the wicked 
will be everlasting and the joys of the righteous eternal. 

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.1. A moderator, or chief speaker, and clerk may be 
chosen by the suffrages of the members present. 

2. The chief speaker, or moderator, shall take his seat 
at the hour to which the association shall be adjourned, and 
after prayer shall proceed to business. It shall be his duty 
to keep order, and shall be entitled to the same privilege of 
speech as tbat of another; provided he app-oint one of the 
menrbers to fill the chair during the exercise of such privi- 
lege, and in no case shall give a vote unless the association, 
be equally divided. 

3. Onl}^ one member shall be allowed to speak at a 
time, who shiall rise from his seat and address the chief spea- 
ker by the appellation of brother, and while speaking shall 
confine himself strictly to the subject in question, and sluall 
not be interrupted unless he digress from the subject, and 
shall in no wise reflect on any other speaker, so as to make 
remarks on his slips and failings and imperfections, but 
shall fairl}^ give his own views of the case without sophistry 
and criticism. 

4. No person shall speak more than three times on one 
subject without leave of the association. 

5. No pers'on shall absent himself from the association 
without leave. 

6. No member of the association shall address any oth- 
er member by amy oither term or name than that of ])rother. 

7. The chief speaker or moderator, shall not interrupt 
one member to prohibit him from speaking until his speech 
is finisihed, exc(;pt he break ithe Rules of Decorum. 

8. The names of all the imem'beis of this association 
shiall be enrolled by the clerk, and be cialled over as ofter as 
the association may require. 

Any member who shiall willingly and knowingly break 
or violate any of the foregoing rules of the association shall 
be reproved by the assiociation in any way they may think 

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